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Report: Katy Perry gets Super Bowl XLIX halftime gig

The question now is if Katy Perry is actually paying the NFL to do the Super Bowl XLIX halftime gig.

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The NFL had reportedly narrowed down the list of musicians who could perform live at halftime of the 2015 Super Bowl down to Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay.

According to Ian Mohr and Emily Smith of the New York Post, Perry is close to being confirmed as the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLIX, fresh off of her adventures with the Ole Miss Rebels.

Perry's been rumored as a contender for the coveted Super Bowl slot, along with Coldplay and Rihanna (whose "Run This Town" was unceremoniously axed by CBS Sports as its Thursday Night Football tune when the season opened). The Super Bowl airs Feb. 1 on NBC. ...

"A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl," said an entertainment insider of the plan.

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, it will be Perry who gets the nod, but the question now is if Perry is actually paying the NFL to do the gig.

It's unknown whether Perry will be paying for the privilege of performing.  In August, the Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL had asked the finalists to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income" to the NFL or to "make some other type of financial contribution."

The last person Cincinnati Bengals fans want to see singing in the Super Bowl would be Katy Perry.

Oh well. I'm sure they'll be able to tolerate Perry singing "Roar" if the Bengals are actually playing in the big game.